PORTABLE NOT MY SMALL DIARY: $7.50, 8½” x 5 ½”, 212 pgs.

So excellent I didn’t even read the whole thing, as it seemed a disservice to it. While reviewing something, I sometimes find I have to rush to finish because of deadlines. I decided I don’t want to do that to this book. I read the first fifty pages and I loved every moment. The contributors to this anthology are diverse, including names that we all know and love, like Ben Snakepit, John Porcellino and Liz Prince. Some of these comics are about a decade old at this point, but the sheer variety and quality in this book is something to be read slowly, deliberately. Soak in every word and enjoy all the different art styles that compose the medium of autobiographical comics. As a newcomer to Not My Small Diary, I had honestly never heard of it before. This book is an excellent introduction to its scene and purpose. Of the pages I read, stories focused on experiences with fetishes, first dates, engagements, and food. God, just buy a copy, okay? Buy several. You need to get Christmas shopping out of the way and everybody loves autobiographical comics. Grade: A. –Bryan Static (Delaine Derry Green, 459 Main St., Ste 101-263, Trussville, AL35173, mysmallwebpage.com)